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    Metamagical Themas
    Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas R. Hofstadter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 880
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 1,066 g
    ISBN 13: 9780465045662
    ISBN 10: 0465045669

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
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    B&T General Subject: 670
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    Abridged Dewey: 150
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26320
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000, PSY000000, COM004000
    B&T Approval Code: A93203600
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    DC21: 006.301
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    DC22: 006.301
    BISAC V2.8: PHI015000
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    New edition
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    New edition
    The Perseus Books Group
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    Publication date
    05 April 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Douglas R. Hofstadter directs the Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition at Indiana University, and is the College of Arts and Sciences professor of cognitive science and computer science. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including "Godel, Escher, Bach" and "Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies."
    Table of contents
    * Introduction Snags and Snarls * On Self-Referential Sentences * Self-Referential Sentences: A Follow-Up * On Viral Sentences and Self-Replicating Structures * Nomic: A Self-Modifying Game Based on Reflexivity in Law Sense and Society * World Views in Collision: The Skeptical Inquirer versus the National Enquirer * On Number Numbness * Changes in Default Words and Images, Engendered by Rising Consciousness * A Person Paper on Purity in Language Sparking and Slipping * Pattern, Poetry, and Power in the Music of Frdric Chopin * Parquet Deformations: A Subtle, Intricate Art Form * Stuff and Nonsense * Variations on a Theme as the Crux of Creativity * Metafont, Metamathematics, and Metaphysics Structure and Strangeness * Magic Cubology * On Crossing the Rubicon * Mathematical Chaos and Strange Attractors * Lisp: Atoms and Lists * Lisp: Lists and Recursion * Lisp: Recursion and Generality * Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle and the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Spirit and Substrate * Review of Alan Turing: The Enigma * A Coffeehouse Conversation on the Turing Test * On the Seeming Paradox of Mechanizing Creativity * Analogies and Roles in Human and Machine Thinking * Who Shoves Whom Around Inside the Careenium? * Waking Up from the Boolean Dream, or Subcognition as Computation Selection and Stability * The Genetic Code: Arbitrary? * Undercut, Flaunt, Pounce, and Mediocrity: Psychological Games with Numbers * The Prisoners Dilemma Computer Tournaments and the Evolution of Cooperation Sanity and Survival * Dilemmas for Superrational Thinkers, Leading Up to a Luring Lottery * Irrationality Is the Square Root of All Evil * The Tale of Happiton * The Tumult of Inner Voices, or, What is the Meaning of the Word I? * Epilogue